Mar 13, 2020
A medical worker in protective suit takes a break at an isolated ward of Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 16, 2020.

Coronavirus: The View From Italy, China, Singapore, India, and the UK

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks reflect on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the state of public health systems in their countries, and the importance of international and regional cooperation.
A medical worker in protective suit takes a break at an isolated ward of Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 16, 2020.
Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks reflect on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the state of public health systems in their countries, and the importance of international and regional cooperation.
Jan 30, 2020
An anti-Brexit demonstrator waves a Union flag alongside a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 28, 2018. Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Brexit Is Here: The EU and UK Must Brace for the Consequences

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of four leading global think tanks offer their perspectives on the regional and global impact of the United Kingdom’s January 31 departure from the European Union.
An anti-Brexit demonstrator waves a Union flag alongside a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 28, 2018. Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images
Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of four leading global think tanks offer their perspectives on the regional and global impact of the United Kingdom’s January 31 departure from the European Union.
Dec 23, 2019
Police fire tear gas at anti-extradition bill protesters during clashes in Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong, China, on August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The State of Democracy in 2020: Crisis or Renewal?

What are the prospects of democracy in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
Police fire tear gas at anti-extradition bill protesters during clashes in Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong, China, on August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
What are the prospects of democracy in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
Dec 18, 2019
World leaders walk off after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Six Global Summits to Watch in 2020

As the second decade of this century comes to a close, effective multilateral cooperation seems to be on the ropes. Six summits in 2020 will help determine whether a multilateral renaissance is possible. 
World leaders walk off after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
As the second decade of this century comes to a close, effective multilateral cooperation seems to be on the ropes. Six summits in 2020 will help determine whether a multilateral renaissance is possible. 
Dec 16, 2019
Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China on August 6, 2019.

Global Outlook 2020: The Economy

What can the world expect for the global economy in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China on August 6, 2019.
What can the world expect for the global economy in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
Dec 11, 2019
An ambassador is seen in silhouette as he leaves a press conference during at the World Trade Organization headquarters on July 28, 2008. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

A Final Chapter for the WTO? Five Experts Give Their Assessments

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks offer their perspectives on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body losing its quorum this week, and where the WTO can go from here.
An ambassador is seen in silhouette as he leaves a press conference during at the World Trade Organization headquarters on July 28, 2008. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks offer their perspectives on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body losing its quorum this week, and where the WTO can go from here.
Dec 03, 2019
A child and climate change activists attend the Extinction Rebellion protests on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Climate Change in 2020: What to Expect

What can the world expect for climate change in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
A child and climate change activists attend the Extinction Rebellion protests on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
What can the world expect for climate change in 2020? Four Council of Councils experts discuss the most important risk, challenge, or opportunity they foresee for the coming year.
Sep 27, 2019
Central American migrants are seen inside an enclosure where they are being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, Texas on March 27, 2019. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

Countering the Erosion of Human Rights

The world is suffering from a declining commitment to human rights. All those committed to human rights within and outside of government should work together to renew the narrative on why strong human rights policies will ensure a more secure world.
Central American migrants are seen inside an enclosure where they are being held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, Texas on March 27, 2019. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters
The world is suffering from a declining commitment to human rights. All those committed to human rights within and outside of government should work together to renew the narrative on why strong human rights policies will ensure a more secure world.
Aug 27, 2019
G7 leaders during a working session at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on August 25, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool, Reuters)

Global Perspectives: G7 Leaders' Summit

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G7 summit, held in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26.
G7 leaders during a working session at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on August 25, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool, Reuters)
Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G7 summit, held in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26.
May 28, 2019
A man votes with ripped up ballots during the Belgian general and regional elections, and for the European Parliament elections in Limal, Belgium, on May 26, 2019. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

The Battle for Europe’s Soul

With the 2019 European Parliament elections, the world was holding its breath to see if far-right iconoclasts would storm to new heights in Brussels. While the center has held, the centrist left/right duopoly experienced significant losses, and the far-right made gains overall. This reconfiguration could energize policy debate—or contribute to gridlock—in Europe’s only directly-elected democratic arena.

A man votes with ripped up ballots during the Belgian general and regional elections, and for the European Parliament elections in Limal, Belgium, on May 26, 2019. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

With the 2019 European Parliament elections, the world was holding its breath to see if far-right iconoclasts would storm to new heights in Brussels. While the center has held, the centrist left/right duopoly experienced significant losses, and the far-right made gains overall. This reconfiguration could energize policy debate—or contribute to gridlock—in Europe’s only directly-elected democratic arena.